Japanese carrier KDDI adds a slew of Android devices to its lineup

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Along with the WiFi-only Sony Xperia Z Ultra and LG G Flex, Japanese carrier KDDI is adding a few more devices to its lineup today. These devices, however, will likely never leave Asian markets. First up is the Sharp Aquos Phone Series Mini smartphone. Pictured above, Sharp is offering the device in a few different colors. Inside is Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 processor with 2GB of RAM. A 13MP sits on the back and the Phone Series Mini runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean out of the box. Incredibly, this 4.5-inch smartphone has a 1080p display that allows for 487ppi.

The other device, also from Sharp, is the Aquos Pad. This 7-inch tablet also has Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. Like the Nexus 7, it has 1920×1200 display which is great for a 7-inch tablet. Like the aforementioned smartphone, it has a 13MP camera. Hit the break to see the Aquos Pad. » Read the rest

First tablet with Sharp’s MEMS display should arrive before July, will rival LCD and OLED

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Sharp is trying to break the mold by offering another type of display. At CES 2014, the company showed its Micro Electro Mechanical System (MEMS) display. The technology should make its way to 7-inch tablets by this summer and the advantages seem impressive. But it will not be limited to tablets. DigitalVersus, who talked with the company about the technology, said “it may even one day find its way into TV sets, such as highly energy-efficient 8K TVs, although Sharp was quick to shrug off any such suggestions.” » Read the rest

Sharp announces Aquos Xx and Aquos Xx Mini

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Another day, another Snapdragon 800-powered Android smartphone. Sharp announced their latest flagship offering for Japanese carrier Softbank, called the Aquos Xx, and it’s got specs to compete with any other phone on the market. You get the de facto standard flagship processor, a Snapdragon 800, 2 GB of RAM, a full 1080p, 5.5-inch screen, and a 16.3 megapixel rear camera. On top of that, it sports an incredible thin bezel. As of right now, it’ll only be available in Japan this December, but depending on how it sells, it’s possible we could see it in other markets. » Read the rest

Japan’s NTT DoCoMo releases summer 2013 device portfolio including Sony Xperia A

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Japanese telecom giant NTT DoCoMo has revealed their portfolio of devices for the summer months which includes a new Sony Xperia A device. The Japanese version seems to be a bit different from the device carrying the same name that recently slid through the FCC on its way to U.S. carriers. The Japanese version sports a 4.6-inch screen, 1.5 GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro chip, and runs Android 4.1. This seems to put it as more of a mid-tier device whereas the U.S. version mirrors the top-tier Sony Xperia Z, only with a removable battery.

In addition to the Xperia A, NTT DoCoMo is also adding Sharp’s Aquos Phone Zeta and Aquos Pad, two devices that incorporate new, thinner displays. The Zeta device comes with a 4.8-inch full HD screen while the Aquos Pad is a 7-inch tablet that is approaching a full HD display resolution. Other manufacturers got their devices added to the portfolio, like the Panasonic Eluga and the 5.2-inch Fujitsu Arrows NX. All of these devices from Sharp, Panasonic and Fujitsu will come with Android 4.2.

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Sharp unveils AQUOS Phone Xx SoftBank 206SH with 5-inch 1080p CG-Silicon display and two-days of battery life

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We have another 5-inch phone to tell you about, but this one has a feature that everyone can appreciate. The Sharp AQUOS Phone Xx  SoftBank 206SH can hold up for two full days on it’s 3,080mAh battery. Other than the sheer size of the battery, some of the power consumption improvements come from the continuous grain (CG) silicon display as opposed to amorphous silicon found on traditional LCD TFT panels. This not only allows for a thinner display and better graphics, but also reduced power consumption.

It also includes a 1.7GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro CPU, a 13.1MP camera with f/1.9 optics, 1-Seg digital TV, IR blaster, LTE, and Android 4.2. It’s also waterproof. No word on pricing, but expect to see this bad boy in late June.

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Samsung Pays $111 Million For 3% Stake In Sharp To Secure LCD Supply

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Samsung is a fan of Sharp’s displays and has acquired three percent of the Japanese company for $111 million. The move now makes Samsung the largest shareholder outside of a financial institution, and the fifth largest shareholder overall. This three percent stake helps solidify both companies’ relationship and ensures a steady supply of LCD panels for Samsung’s products.

Sharp isn’t doing so well financially and has created similar deals with such companies as Qualcomm who owns 2.56 percent of the business. Foxconn could soon be another shareholder in Sharp with a 10% stake. However, that deal was announced in March 2012 and closes at the end of this month.

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Sharp Aquos compared to Samsung, HTC, LG smartphones

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Earlier this month we reported on a move by Sharp to capitalize on the 5-inch display they are producing for the HTC DROID DNA. Sharp plans to produce their own Aquos device with the same large 1080p screen. Initial plans were to target the device at the Russian market. This meant some tradeoffs were made in the hardware and early reviews indicated this caused the device to struggle with some activities like games and video playback. Sharp now appears to be expanding on their plans by offering the new Aquos in China. They have started that effort with the production of some promo materials comparing the device to several other top end smartphones. » Read the rest

Sharp to capitalize on own large screen with Sharp Aquos SH930W, but early review not so great

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This week’s official announcement regarding the release of the DROID DNA from HTC continued a trend we have seen of manufacturers pushing the limits of screen size and resolution. The DROID DNA’s 5-inch 1080p display produced by Sharp is certainly an eye-catching feature of the new handset. Sharp appears to want to be able to get in the market with its own device sporting the top of the line LCD they produce, which is why they are working on a Sharp Aquos SH930W smartphone. » Read the rest

Japan’s NTT DoCoMo announces 2012 Winter Collection, includes several high-end devices

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NTT DoCoMo, the large network operator in Japan, has released the line-up of devices that will be included in their 2012 Winter Collection. The list includes several high-end devices like the Samsung Galaxy S III in Titanium Gray, a red LG Optimus G model, a Samsung Galaxy Note II, the Sony Xperia AX, a Sharp AQUOS ZETA smartphone, and a Fujitsu Arrows Tab 10.1-inch device.

The AQUOS ZETA phone sports a 4.9-inch IGZO display running atop a 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro chip with 2GB of RAM. Running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, the device is water and dust proofed and will be available in red, white or blue models. Another device readers may not be familiar with is a 10.1-inch tablet from Fujitsu. The Arrows Tab is running an NVIDIA Tegra 3 1.7GHz quad-core processor with 2GB of RAM to drive a full HD 1920×1200 WUXGA display. Running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, the device packs a huge 10,080 mAh battery.

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Sharp begins production of 5-inch 1080p displays with a 443 PPI for smartphones

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Sharp just announced that they have begun production of 5-inch LCD panels that will sport a 1080p display and a 443 pixel per inch (PPI) density. These LCD panels employ a new pixel design called CG-Silicon technology, which allows them to achieve the same number of pixels as full-HD LCD TV’s.

It will be interesting to see if these displays end up on the upcoming DROID Incredible X (or possible Nexus variant) and/or the upcoming Oppo Find 5. Both of these phones will sport 5-inch 1080p displays.

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